If every hockey player’s dream begins on a frozen pond, it reaches its pinnacle in a packed arena facing off against a bitter international rival. Could be the mighty Soviets. Could be the vainglorious Americans. Doesn’t matter, as long as the guys, and more recently, the women, who come from the farming villages, logging towns, and bustling cities of Canada show up to play the game the way we invented it to be played. That’s the way it’s been for a hundred years. more
Finding Jesus, a companion to the CNN TV series, looks at six holy objects connected to Jesus, the most famous– and mysterious –man in history to see what they can tell us about his life, and his “after life”.
The book is designed to engage believers, skeptics and those in between, by looking at each object through three lenses: what is the object and its connection to Jesus? How did it get from “then” to “now”– i.e. how did a burial cloth travel thousands of miles and two thousand years from a rock tomb in Jerusalem to a marble cathedral in Turin? And what does science say about these objects today?
Readers can begin the book in any chapter they choose, and find a complete story about a holy object– a story which will lead them to other chapters, and onward, we hope, on a journey to parse the plot of the “greatest story ever told.”
“In a mix of engaging scholarship and gripping storytelling, Gibson and McKinley offer a page-turner for a wide audience.” — Kirkus Reviews
It’s a dangerous, tumultuous time in the Roman Empire. There are wars and rebellions among the empire’s client-states, and the emperors are becoming increasing brutal in suppressing any hint of revolution. That spells trouble for the restive Jewish nation on the eastern edge of the empire. There are would-be messiahs and magic men all over Israel, many proclaiming a special connection to the God of Israel. For the Roman Empire, these men are not worth noticing. The Romans respect the Jews and their single god, Yahweh, and they’ve cut them quite a bit of slack. But when one prophet, Jesus of Nazareth upsets the powers that be by chasing out the money changers out of the Temple in Jerusalem—Judaism’s holiest site—he’s marked for death. more
Hockey is not just Canada’s national game, it is part of every Canadian’s psyche, whether we like it or not. Watching it, playing it, coaching it, and talking about it are up there with eating on the list of the top ten things Canadians do most. In the first half of the last century it mirrored our increasing confidence as a nation and in the last years of the 1900s, which saw an aggressive but unsettling expansion of the game south of the border, it reflected our growing wariness of American influence on Canada. more
Michael McKinley and Sean Avery are working on several projects together, foremost being Sean’s upcoming book, The Man Code.
The New Avery Rule is their first collaboration for The Players Tribune. In this piece, Sean takes on that dicey topic of pro athletes an their millions. He examines just how much money professional athletes think they make– and how much they don’t. Then he offers a brilliant way for them to save a little cash that they can make work once they’ve hung up their skates (or cleats, or court shoes).
James Wyllie and Michael McKinley bring compelling World War 1 intelligence stories together for the first time to reveal how codebreakers won the “Great War”. They also began the “Age of Information” and the security state we all enjoy so much today. The Codebreakers will be published in the UK June by Ebury, a division of Random House. They’re working on a cover, but in the meantime, we’re using this excellent one designed by graphic design superhero Tom Norman of Kapow Creative.
“A man walks into a bar…” is the line that begins a thousand stories, some of them funny, some of them sad, but all of them very human. That’s because we humans have lived a good deal of our history in bars. To meet, to drink, and to do things that change the world.
There’s a rich history to be found in the great bars of the world, and not just the kind that interior decorators love. No, it’s the history of human schemes and dreams—and so, it’s the story of us all. more
Every screaming kid who bounces off the furniture, and then the walls, hears mom and dad say: “You belong in a zoo!” And with the children’s TV series, You Belong in a Zoo!, every kid has a chance to do just that!
With the fun, friendly and generally fabulous Oxford zoologist Dr. Joanna Bagniewska as our guide, You Belong in a Zoo! goes on a grand adventure into the world of furry, flying, swimming and crawling creatures. Joanna, who has traveled the world in pursuit of her passion for animals, and who speaks several languages, will take viewers on a journey that could go around the corner to their nearest zoo, or half-way around our planet to the famous Vancouver Aquarium, or perhaps to a wildlife sanctuary in Indonesia! more